E-Government in Central Africa: Issues and Challenges

E-Government in Central Africa: Issues and Challenges

Inderjeet Singh Sodhi (St. Wilfred's Post Graduate College- Jaipur, India)
Copyright: © 2015 |Pages: 11
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-6296-4.ch018


In the 21st century, e-government has become of prime importance in every country. This has prompted many governments, whether developed or developing, to plan and develop digital technology through which government services could be provided. The growing importance of application of e-government stems from the fact that ICT has the capability of promoting transparency, improving public service delivery, removing corruption, and providing better governance. This chapter is based on a literature review of the data, information, and papers relating to e-government in Central Africa and looks into the issues and challenges to the successful implementation of e-government initiatives in these countries on a wider perspective. The results show that ICT policies, ICT infrastructure, Internet access, connectivity, and the digital divide are among the most common issues in the successful implementation of e-government initiatives in Central African countries.
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E-Government In Central African Countries

Africa has regions: Eastern Africa, Western Africa, Northern Africa, and Southern Africa, besides Central Africa, North-East Africa, North-West Africa, South-East Africa, and South-West Africa. Basically Central Africa includes Burundi, the Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Rwanda, but as per United Nations, Central Africa is known as Middle Africa. Middle Africa includes Angola, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, the Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, and Sao Tome Principe. South Sudan, since its independence in 2011, has been included in the Middle Africa. There are many Central African countries, but due to limited time and place, only two countries—Angola and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)—are being discussed briefly regarding e-government development, applications and challenges.

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